Handling Homework And Conquering Mathematics
How should parents handle their child’s homework, particularly in subjects such as Mathematics, where the child tends to have repeated careless mistakes?
In coaching your child with their homework, do remember to keep your cool and not jump or get angry with their mistakes immediately. Rather, go on an adventure with them!
This is especially necessary when you are helping your child with his Math, and you see him making the same mistakes over and over again. While it is common for most parents to get frustrated and reprimand their child of his carelessness, we need to take a pause and often investigate the real reason behind the child’s repeated mistakes.
Could it be that the child did not understand the fundamentals and concepts right from the beginning? Or perhaps it is due to unrealistic adult expectations (afterall, we have been practising Math for many years now so it became unacceptable for us as we deem everyone should understand the concepts?!)
It is therefore, good to stop, investigate and work with your child on the areas which he does not understand. Look into areas such as the language, or vocabulary used, where some children are challenged due to a lack of understanding. Have patience in these areas and move through with our children step by step. Sometimes it is not just about completing the sum and getting it correct.
Conversely, we want to look at the process too, whether our children understand the instructions and do they understand the vocabulary.